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Howard Kurtzman Named Deputy Executive Director for Science

Howard S. Kurtzman has joined the American Psychological Association (APA) as Deputy Executive Director for Science. He will assist in managing all areas of APA’s Science Directorate, with particular attention to policies and activities related to scientific research, training, and infrastructure, as well as APA governance.

Howard S. Kurtzman has joined the American Psychological Association (APA) as Deputy Executive Director for Science. He will assist the Executive Director for Science, Steven J. Breckler, in managing all areas of APA’s Science Directorate, with particular attention to policies and activities related to scientific research, training, and infrastructure, as well as APA governance.

Kurtzman comes to APA from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served for 15 years as a program director overseeing grant funding for basic and translational cognition research. He was also active in organizing initiatives, conferences, and publications on a broad array of topics within the behavioral and social sciences for NIMH, NIH, and the Department of Health and Human Services (ranging from gender and sexual orientation to self-report processes to data archiving).

Prior to joining NIMH, Kurtzman was on the faculty of the psychology department at Cornell University, where he taught and conducted research in psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. He was the founding director of Cornell’s undergraduate cognitive studies program.

Kurtzman received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in psychology. He was a post-doctoral fellow in cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine.

In his new position, Kurtzman aims to strengthen and expand the range of APA’s activities in support of psychological science. “We need to enhance the understanding and visibility of both basic and applied psychological research within academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. Working with other organizations and individual scientists, APA can help to improve the funding and regulatory climate for research and can encourage the scientific innovation that is made possible by new forms of interdisciplinary collaboration and the emergence of novel methods and technologies.”

“Dr. Kurtzman brings a fantastic set of skills and expertise to the APA Science Directorate,” said Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science. “His leadership and knowledge of the field adds an entirely new dimension to APA’s professional staff, and his presence is our great fortune.”